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Following Jesus is often a difficult road, but stick with it because all sorrow and hardship will be replaced by eternal glory.

BibleGateway: Luke 6:17-26

ESV Text: Luke 6:17-26

KJV Text:

The section starts at about 2:1 and ends at about 3:25

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17 And he came down with them, and stood in the plain, and the company of his disciples, and a great multitude of people out of all Judaea and Jerusalem, and from the sea coast of Tyre and Sidon, which came to hear him, and to be healed of their diseases; 18 And they that were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed. 19 And the whole multitude sought to touch him: for there went virtue out of him, and healed them all.

     20 And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said, Blessed be ye poor: for yours is the kingdom of God. 21 Blessed are ye that hunger now: for ye shall be filled. Blessed are ye that weep now: for ye shall laugh. 22 Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake. 23 Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets. 24 But woe unto you that are rich! for ye have received your consolation. 25 Woe unto you that are full! for ye shall hunger. Woe unto you that laugh now! for ye shall mourn and weep. 26 Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 414 :
The Man is Ever Blest
— Organ Audio

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1. The man is ever blest 
Who shuns the sinners’ ways, 
Among their counsels never stands, 
Nor takes the scorners’ place. 

2. But makes the Law of God 
His study and delight 
Amid the labors of the day 
And watches of the night. 

3. He like a tree shall thrive, 
With waters near the root; 
Fresh as the leaf his name shall live, 
His works are heavenly fruit. 

4. Not so the ungodly race, 
They no such blessings find; 
Their hopes shall flee like empty chaff 
Before the driving wind. 

5. How shall they bear to stand 
Before that judgment-seat 
Where all the saints at Christ’s right hand 
In full assembly meet? 

6. He knows, and He approves, 
The way the righteous go; 
But sinners and their works shall meet 
A dreadful overflow. 

Hymn: LSB 932 Jesus Sat with His Disciples